The UK’s official PlayStation mag is set to run an interview with Phil Harrison (street date for issue: November 15). Via PlayStation we’ve got hold of some excerpts. To repeat, it’s in the official mag but there is some interesting comment. We’ll load up some more excerpts in the near future if we can.
On asking if the PS3 will definitely be out in March in Europe
Given that all of our previous statements about launching in Europe simultaneously with the US and Japan turned out not to be the case, I would not like to make any definitive statements on that. It’s not my job to comment on hardware supply issues other than to say some very smart people are working very hard to catch up. In fact, the ramp up is already starting to happen in supply and output, just obviously too late for us to have launched in Europe at the same times as the US.
They ask what kind of deals are being lined up with music and video providers for the PlayStation Store
One of the strongest attributes of the PlayStation Store is that it is an open environment. It’s interesting that you ask what dealsâ€™ we are doing. We want other companies to provide their own content on the store through our commerce mechanism. Day one is clearly going to be more game-centric, but over time that will expand to music, film, television. Any digital content can be distributed this way. â€œ
Will the PS3 browser let users visit any site and download files?
â€œNo. It has to be done through the store. Although itâ€™s built on the same technology as the open internet browser, itâ€™s a special version. Thatâ€™s completely understandable from a DRM [digital rights management] point of view. But some streaming sites, such as music on MySpace, will work.â€
They ask how PlayStation will guarantee a regular flow of new downloadable contentâ€¦
â€œYou can imagine a game starting with a trailer to drive a bit of anticipation and to get people excited about it. Not dissimilar to the strategy where youâ€™d see a preview in the magazine linked to the content on a disc. There is a role for linking your editorial to these kind of materials.â€
Are they happy with the number of games that are exclusive to PS3?
â€œIâ€™m delighted because weâ€™re launching with a stronger line-up of first-party titles than we had with the launches of PS1, PS2 and PSP â€“ and about a third of these are PS3 exclusive, which is a similar ratio to what we had in the past. The difference this time is that more have come out of Sonyâ€™s Worldwide Studios than before. Bearing in mind that we launched PS2 with Fantavision as a first party title â€“ great game though it is â€“ itâ€™s by no means the game on which you would rest an entire format. But look as PS3 launching in America with Resistance, Genji, NBA in full HD and Motortorm. Plus an F1 demo available day one as a download and retail games coming out very shortly after the launch. Thatâ€™s a pretty compelling line-up.â€